This Week

Monday Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis, on a two-day visit to Sofia, meets with his Bulgarian counterpart Veselin Bliznakov to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation between the two ministries. President Karolos Papoulias to attend celebrations held by the Prefecture of Karditsa marking the anniversary of the 1878 Thessalian Revolution. To tomorrow. University professors to begin a five-day work stoppage demanding that state universities remain in public hands. To Friday. Non-governmental organization Medicins du Monde holds an event to protest the wall being erected to separate Palestinians and Israelis. At 6.30 p.m. at Panteion University’s Karagiorgas Hall. SOS Mediterranean, a non-governmental organization, to hold the first official presentation of an education program aimed at teaching schoolchildren water-saving strategies in the context of World Water Day on Wednesday. At the Stoa tou Vivliou (5 Pesmazoglou & Stadiou) at 11 a.m. Tuesday As part of World Day of Sleep, Sleep Disorder Clinic of AHEPA Hospital to hold a public awareness event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the pedestrianized area at Iktinou and Tsimiski streets in Thessaloniki. The 11th Banking Forum meets to discuss «Information Technology and Banking: Contribution to Business Evolution» at the Ledra Marriott Hotel on Syngrou Avenue. To Wednesday. For information, call 210.211.2000, or log on to Wednesday Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis leaves for a six-day visit to the United States. «Does Europe Sell?» is the subject of an open discussion organized by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), with speakers Professor Ilias Nikolakopoulos of Athens University, Maria Houkli from NET television, Manolis Kottakis from the Apogevmatini daily and Babis Papadimitriou from Skai radio. At noon at the ESHEA journalists’ union building (20 Academias). For information, call 210.725.7127, or log on to The Hellenic Regional Development Center to hold the second interdisciplinary symposium on «Pain and Relief: Medicine, Art and Theology in a Dialogue on Nature, Symptoms and Overcoming Pain.» At 5.30 p.m. at the National Research Institute (48 Vassileos Constantinou). For information, call 210.321.8030, or log on to Thursday Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as part of a six-day visit to the United States. Saturday University of Patras to host a four-day international congress on «Mass Media and Culture,» within the context of events for Patras European Capital of Culture 2006. For information, call 210.339.2500-10, or log on to